Senior Researcher in Military Studies
University of Copenhagen Department of Political Science

Senior Researcher(s) to the Centre for Military Studies, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen

The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) seeks excellent candidates for one or more positions as Senior Researcher in defence, security, and strategic studies at the Centre for Military Studies.

The position(s) is a permanent, full-time position and is available from 1st May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are sought from eminent candidates, who have experience with research and teaching within the field of defence, security, strategic and military studies. We define national security and strategy in broad terms and welcome applications from researchers with backgrounds in political science and other relevant disciplines. Applicants with experience in applied research in foreign, security, or defence policy are especially welcome. The successful candidate(s) will have a strong commitment to both excellence and relevance.


Based in the Department of Political Science, the Centre for Military Studies is a university research centre focusing on research in defence, security, and strategic studies. In order to provide new knowledge and to identify relevant strategic options for Denmark in particular, we conduct both curiosity-driven and problem-driven independent research. The Centre works closely with the Danish Ministry of Defence, the Danish Armed Forces and other national and international stakeholders when investigating issues and developing ideas and options. As a fully integrated part of the Department of Political Science, the Centre takes part in teaching and research activities at the Department. For more information, please consult our webpage:

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the post include contributing to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting world-class research and teaching. A Senior Researcher also has administrative responsibilities and is expected to develop the field in synergy with other fields as well as to exercise academic leadership.

As Senior Researcher at the Centre for Military Studies the general duties are:

  • Research within the field of defence, security, and strategic studies
  • Applied research and commissioned analytical tasks for the Danish Ministry of Defence and the political parties to the Defence Agreement
  • Knowledge sharing with society, including media appearances and public lectures
  • Research management, including administrative tasks related to the position
  • Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate and post-graduate students at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

The weighting of the different duties may vary periodically, but the successful candidate can expect to spend most of his/her time doing research and specific studies including applied research for the Danish Ministry of Defence and the political parties to the Defence Agreement. A certain amount of teaching is also to be expected, even if this is not primarily a teaching position

Your Competencies and Opportunities

In order to be assessed qualified for a Senior Researcher position at the University of Copenhagen, the candidate must meet the University’s criteria of academic meritSix overall criteria apply for Senior Researcher appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

In order to be assessed qualified for a Senior Researcher position at the University of Copenhagen, the candidate must meet the University’s criteria of academic merit:

You can read more about the UCPH criteria here:

Senior researcher essential qualifications:

To be qualified for the position the applicant must have a PhD in Political Science or equivalent academic qualifications as well as:

  • An aspiration to increase our understanding of the world and its problems based on a proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced in a growing and ambitious publication profile that complements the existing research strengths of the Department and evidence of, or clear plans for attracting, external research funding.
  • An engagement in knowledge exchange and policy-impact in an international context and in Denmark. We encourage proactive engagement with government, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.
  • A commitment to contribute to the delivery of an excellent student experience based on a sizable track record of excellence in teaching in one or more of the main areas covered by the Department. The Department prefers candidates who can cover more than one of the main courses taught at BSc level.
  • Robust interpersonal skills, which enables the candidate to be a constructive and empathic colleague in a diverse and vibrant working environment.

We will expect candidates to present a clear, well-developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research that will result in further world-leading publications, external research funding as well as a commitment to innovate teaching and approaches to societal impact.

Further qualifications:

Besides these essential qualifications, it is a plus if the candidate has:

  • Proven ability to engage in policy-innovation and policy formulation.
  • Documented knowledge of the institutions and changing threat landscape of Western security.
  • Documented interest in the challenges faced by small European states.
  • Research experience in fields such as security strategy, military innovation, cyber security, Baltic Sea security or Arctic security.
  • Proven ability to work on or lead specific projects in teams.
  • Documented ability to communicate complicated issues to the wider public.

Danish language qualifications are an advantage but not a requirement.

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences

The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact 

For more on the Faculty strategy, see:

The Department of Political Science has a strategy, as well. You can read the Department’s strategy here:

Terms of Employment

  • Employment with the Faculty of Social Sciences and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit. We do this by applying academic criteria of the University of Copenhagen which are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the Department concerned.
  • The position is permanent, and therefore we strongly encourage the appointed Senior Researcher to acquire the proficiency in Danish required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 2-4 years. The Department will provide and pay for the necessary language training
  • Further information on qualification requirements as Senior Researcher can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 2019 here:
  • Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • The salary is DKK 40,145.93 [MBJ1] per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. 

The recruitment process

Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:

An Equal Opportunity Workplace

The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see

International applicant?

The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here:

Contact information

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-0027/20-2P

Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Director at the Centre for Military Studies Henrik Breitenbauch (e-mail:, phone: +45 60870608), or Deputy Director Kristian Søby Kristensen (e-mail:, phone: +45 28729017).

How to Apply

Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply.

Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application. A cover letter with a motivation for your application and detailing how your profile matches the qualifications required for this post.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates and Diplomas
  • Publications. The 6 most important publications, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 6.
  • Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with * on the list to be assessed.
  • Documentation of societal impact including through applied research. Documentation of any ability to and/or experience with societal impact including through applied research.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly specified. The hiring committee may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors specifying the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 1st November 2020.

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Henrik Ø. Breitenbauch


Kristian Søby Kristensen


Application deadline: 01-11-2020
Employment start: 01-05-2021
Department/Location: Institut for Statskundskab
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